Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Strange Games, Strange Dames



JUMANJI 2:  WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
ACTION/ADVENTURE/ COMEDY

PLOT:  It is a sequel, update of the 1995 movie of the same name.

                Four high school kids (the nerd, the jock, the vain girl and the anti-social girl) get detention and they uncover an old video game console and they are drawn into the game as adult avatars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillian.  It is a sequel because it continues what happens after the 1995 movie and it is an updated as well.  It has action but thank goodness it has humor, lots of it.  It is a wild, funny ride.
  
I, TONYA
BIOGRAPHICAL DRAMA

PLOT:  The infamous ice-skater Tonya Harding.

                Tonya (Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad, and the Legend of Tarzan) was abused by her mom, LaVona Fay Golden (Allison Janney TV shows West Wing and Mom) and her husband Jeff Gillooly (Sebastian Stan, Captain America: The First Avenger and Winter Soilder).  The only thing she loved was ice-skating and she was a skilled ice-skater then Nancy Kerrigan got injured and the media blamed her.  It is done as a dark comedy but she Tonya could have easily become a criminal.  Robbie plays Tonya as a driven but tragic human being who curses a lot.  Janney is great as her horrible, manipulative mom and Stan who is a wife-beater who has a twisted way of loving her.
  
FERDINAND
ANIMATION

PLOT:  Based on the classic children’s book The Story of Ferdinand about a bull who loves flowers than bull-fighting.

                Ferdinand (voiced by wrestler John Cena) is not like other bulls. He doesn’t enjoy causing harm to humans. He likes to smell lovely flowers.  He ran away from the bull farm and was saved by a young girl who grew flowers with her dad.  It was wonderful until he grew.  He is big and strong but still doesn’t like to fight.  It is delightful and the Lupe, the goat (voiced by Kate McKinnon) is hilarious. It is a joy to watch.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Death by Disney?



COCO
ANIMATED

PLOT:    A young Mexican boy learns to appreciate family from the land of the dead.
                Miguel loves his hero Ernesto del la Cruz a singer but his family has banned him from playing music.  On the holiday Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) he is accidentally goes to the land of the dead and finds out the truth about his family and how he wants to go back to them.  It sounds like a horror movie but they have beautiful songs and visuals and the important lesson never forget your family.  It is well done and doesn’t seem like the movie is for children but it is for everyone.  If you can WATCH IT!


STAR WARS VIII: THE LAST JEDI
FANTASY/ACTION
  
PLOT:    Rey goes to see Luke Skywalker for she is founding out she has new powers and the rebels have a new menace:  The First Order.


                Good and evil are being blurred in this movie.  You don’t know who to trust.   The best parts are the action and special effects.  Both are very well done.  The bad guy Snoke is great but not in there very long.  Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) Snoke’s apprentice is moving even closer to the “dark side” of the force.  The late and fantastic 

Carrie Fisher as General Lei Organa is still strong still leading the rebels and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is torn between living alone on his island or to help Rey.  He has funny moments and equally sad moments as well.  If you are a fan of Star Wars, the ones director George Lucas made you may not like it, for writer director Rian Johnson is “Disney-fying” the franchise.  Diehard fans will go; others (like me) liked the movie as  epic entertainment.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Holiday Epic Funtime



JUSTICE LEAGUE
ACTION/ADVENTURE

PLOT:    The origin of the team of the Justice League.

                Superman is dead and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) decides to collect of people with superpowers to stop the herald of Darkside, Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds) from retrieving the three Mother Boxes to destroy the world.   The superheroes are: Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash, (Ezra Miller) Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa).  For those who think this is the Dark Knight, it isn’t!!  It is a lighter tone.  The movie was much longer but the studio; Warner Brothers edited it to two hours.  It may feel rushed by it just may have been cut for time.  The team has great chemistry but the villain not so much.  Fans know who Steppenwolf is but many people do not.  The Flash and Aquaman are the highlights of the film.  They are heroic and humorous.  If you see this movie DO NOT rush out when the credits start rolling!  There are two post-credit scenes  you want to see.  Marvel films does this post-credits scenes all the time, but now DC is doing it . 

THE STAR
ANIMATED

PLOT:  The telling of first Christmas with animals.

              There have been many films of the first Christmas from the animal’s point of view but this is well-made and heartfelt.   Many celebrities used their voices to this film but what makes it good is that it is funny and the animals are cute.  It is for children as well as adults.  I believe it will be a classic years to come.  If you can, please watch it!!!

MARSHALL
BIOGRAPHY/DRAMA

PLOT:   A young and only lawyer of NAACP and one of his famous cases.

               Chadwick Boseman loves bio films.  He was baseball great Jackie Robinson and the Godfather of Soul James Brown now he plays Thurgood Marshall.  He is a young lawyer who helps black people trying to get a fair trial.  In one case a blonde upper class beauty Kate Hudson is attacked by a black man Sterling K. Brown.  Marshall and his assistant Sam Friedman (Josh Gad) who is his lawyers.  You figure out the outcome before the movie is over but the acting is excellent from all the leads.  Hudson and Gad known for comedy are fantastic.  The movie did not do very well in theaters but I hope in video for it is outstanding.  Actor Boseman will be in the highly anticipated movie Black Panther.

MURDER OF THE ORIENT EXPRESS
MYSTERY

PLOT:  Remake of 1974 film of the same name.

                Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh) is a retired detective boards a train and Samuel Ratchett (Johnny Depp) is murdered.  He solves it but it is a somber conclusion.  Branagh isn’t just an actor but a director and he is very good at it!  It is well made and beautiful to look at.    The cast is not just A-list in popularity but talent as well.   Judi Dench (M from the James Bond films), Willem Dafoe (Spiderman, John Wick), Derek Jacobi (I Claudius, Gladiator) and Daisy Ridley (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). The trailer seemed it would be lightweight-it wasn’t.  It is always welcome to see a good who dunnit in the midst of action packed superheroes.








Thursday, November 9, 2017

Storms, Deaths and Apocalypses



THOR RAGNAROK
ACTION/ADVENTURE/SUPERHERO

PLOT:  The third movie about the thunder god with the hammer.

                Thor (Chris Hemsworth) finds out his adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is pretending to be his father Odin and that he has a long lost sister Hela (Cate Blanchett) Goddess of Death and she wants to take over Asgard and portals him to a place where he becomes a gladiator against his ex-Avenger, Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).  This is the funniest movie of the Thor series but considering the meaning of ragnarok means destruction is very strange.  It does have serious moments but mostly it is very amusing.  Hemsworth is also physically perfect as Thor and he is very funny.  Blanchett is excellent as Hela who wants to be queen or Asgard or Armageddon.   Huddleston as Loki is devious as always.  Idris Elba as Heimdall is strong, intense, and heroic and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie is tough but drinking warrior.

GEOSTORM
SCI-FI/DRAMA

PLOT:  The weather is unpredictable so a brilliant scientist creates a station in space to control the weather.

                Jack Lawson (Gerald Butler) is smart scientist who created Geostorm, a space station that controls the weather.  This is a disaster movie so you know someone tampers with the space station and the weather goes nuts!  Countries that are cold are hot, eruptions, lighting everything with the weather goes crazy.  Jack has to save the Earth.  Story is not the important thing about this movie but special effects and they are top-notch!    It is a popcorn movie in October.   It is a good movie if you like disaster movies. The film is not doing well and I believe the reason is the recent hurricanes are worst than ever. It is a little to real for the public right now.

HAPPY DEATH DAY
HORROR/COMEDY

PLOT:  Young woman relives her death over and over until she finds her murderer.


                Theresa nickname Tree (Jessica Rothe) is a college student who on her birthday gets a bizarre birthday gift she has to find the killer or she repeats different ways she gets murdered. She is not a good girl but a beautiful, self-centered bitch!  The strange thing is you cheer for her because throughout the movie she becomes a decent woman.  Rothe is very good funny and fierce as she is trying to solve her own killing.  The young, unknown cast is very good as well but the standout is actress Rachel Matthews as Danielle, a beauty who is more of a bitch than Tree.  It is an amusing slasher movie if there is such a thing.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Darker Action, Circles and Runners



AMERICAN ASSASSIN
ACTION/DRAMA

PLOT:  Young man sees his girlfriend killed by terrorist and joins a counter terrorism agency.

                Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’ Brien Teen Wolf, Maze Runner) loves his girlfriend and on their vacation asked her to marry him.  She says yes and then she is killed by a terrorist; he loses it and wants revenge and joins an agency to wipe out terrorist lead by Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton).  He doesn’t follow the rules and makes his superior mad as hell.  It is your typical revenge spy movie but what is different many people don’t finish sentences because they are killed!  Three reasons you should see it; great action, many betrayals and Dylan O’Brien.

KINGSMAN 2: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
ACTION/COMEDY

PLOT:   The further adventures of Eggsy who is now a spy on his own.

                The Kingsman is very few now, his mentor Harry (Colin Firth) is supposedly dead and a new villain named Poppy (Julianne Moore) is rising as a cartel.  He finds help with the Statesmen, who are the Kingman’s American counterpart. Talented Jeff Bridges is their leader Channing Tatum is also part of the group but who stand out is Whiskey (Pedro Pascal, Game of Thrones) who can handle a gun and a laser whip with ease.  I do hope he receives more parts.  Before you watch the sequel watch the first movie over again for they do reference from the original.  The action is great along with the humor.  It is not as good as the first one but not bad either.

BLADE RUNNER 2049
DRAMA SCI-FI MYSTERY

PLOT:  The sequel to the cult classic.
               

                The year is 2049 and K (Ryan Gosling) is a Blade Runner officer which takes down old replicas (old cyborgs).  He finds out that Rick Detard (Harrison Ford) had a child with a replica, Rachel (Sean Young.) and assumed destroyed it.  Philip K Dick is the sci-fi writer of the original but the film is so bleak and somber is there hope for humans and replicas in the future.  The movie is not action-packed so don’t expect it.  It is slooow so fast-pace it is not.  It is either brilliant or boring.  You shouldn’t have to pay good money to find out.  If you like the first Blade Runner it is more of the same; if not don’t bother.